Fans of Merlin on NBC, we have good news! The show is back for a second season... just not on NBC. No, NBC has wisely shunted Merlin off to its sister network, Syfy, where it will better fit in with their Destination: Truth marathons and their Saturday night monster movies, like Beyond Sherwood Forest and Beauty and the Beasts. Considering how those movies play fast and loose with mythology, Teen Merlin and His Cleverly Hidden Magic Powers should fit right in.
Is America ready for two Merlins? Just when we've gotten used to "Merlin," the small, flamboyant Honduran designer on The Fashion Show, the original wizard shows up to reclaim his good name. Only this time, he's not some old guy with a beard -- he's a young boy, just starting out in the magic biz, who comes to Camelot and meets a young King Arthur. Because, of course, if you want to introduce a character to a new generation, you need to make him between 13 and 21 years old. That's just how it's done. He couldn't have been an older gentleman who's still pretty cool, no -- the kids would never go for that. They need a young, cute wizard, and it has nothing at all to do with the fact that there's a new Harry Potter movie coming out this summer. Nothing.